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This free course, Minds and mental phenomena: An introduction, examines the philosophical questions surrounding the mind. You will examine how beliefs have changed over the centuries and be able to contrast the views of Descartes with more modern ideas.
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- discuss basic philosophical questions concerning the mind
- understand problems concerning the mind and mental phenomena and discuss them in a philosophical way.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 The quick and the dead – the minded and the non-minded
- 2 Kinds of minds
- 3 Varieties of mental phenomena
- 4 The attitudinal and the experiential
- 5 Dispositions versus occurrences
- 6 The relations among mental phenomena
- 7 Conclusion
- Further reading
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Minds and mental phenomena: An introduction
This course introduces some philosophical questions concerning the nature of the mind and mental phenomena, such as thoughts, perceptions and emotions. The course considers what is involved in having a mind, whether there are different kinds of minds, and whether there is some characteristic that is shared by all mental phenomena.
This OpenLearn course provides a sample of Level 3 study in.
This free course includes adapted extracts from an Open University course which is no longer available to new students. If you found this interesting you could explore more free Philosophy courses or view the range of currently available OU Philosophy courses.
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Originally published: Wednesday, 27th January 2016
Last updated on: Wednesday, 27th January 2016
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